The world of children’s books is, from the outside, a cosy place of cuddly bears and talking animals. The reality is that it’s a tough industry to work in.
I’ve made many picture books, for children and adults to share. Now and again I wonder if someone is snuggling up to a bedtime story written and crafted by me and my publishers. But more and more these days I wonder about children who have no books, no home, no parents.
So I ask you to help me. I don’t know what to do, but I can no longer sit by and do nothing. The news reports when you google lone child refugees are old, but pretty shameful.
24th Sept, Guardian. French hopes Britain will honour pledges. Did we. NO. We have no honour.
And even if they make it to the UK are they safe? No. As children ‘disappear’ and we have no idea where they are.
Old news. Children who have travelled alone, live alone, are lost alone. Wasted lives, damaged people. If this was your child wouldn’t you want something better? Is this the society we wish to live in.
So, what can be done? We are all busy. I don’t want to sit and wait for someone else to fix it. For now, this is all I can come up with, an attempt to bring those children to the front of the media. This is politics. Not the sham that is happening in our seats of democracy.
Every day I will tweet Theresa May, asking what she is doing, where the children are, when we are bringing more to safety. She can block me. But she can’t block everyone. So if you share the tweets, retweet, whatever, you can help me make a whisper into a shout. If you want to.
If it was my child out there, vulnerable to child traffickers, and worse I would want someone to help.
It’s growing slowly. So please, help me roar.
Once a day, every day, let’s bring this back to the front of politics, where it belongs.